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VAQSO is derivative of the Japanese word “bakusou” (爆走), which means “to dash uninhibited”. This name represents our will as a company to charge towards an unknown future.
In developing VAQSO VR, we’ve focused on 3 things.
1. Portability, 2. The capability to mute scents, and 3. The capability to quickly shift between different scents.
We believe that in order to truly provide an immersive experience, a device must possess these three characteristics.
Thus VAQSO VR, the world’s smallest VR scent device has been born as a culmination of CEO Kentaro Kawaguchi’s experience as a designer & developer of scent technology and a perfumer.
When scent is incorporated into VR, its immersiveness dramatically increases. In the past, Visuals, Audio and Touch (haptic feedback) were the only ways to experience a game.
By incorporating scent, VAQSO VR will introduce a totally new experience for users.
We believe VAQSO VR can be used to increase the appeal and immersiveness in games and also movie trailers.
No. Each scent cartridge contains a fixed smell. For example, you can smell like coffee and caramel to express flavor coffee, but you can not produce a whole new smell.
With Dev kit, scent is replenished in scent cartridges from vacant holes with a dropper.
It will last approximately 3 days with Dev kit.
VAQSO VR’s effective range is limited to a small area approximately the size of a tennis ball.
This enables instant transmission of scents without affecting the smell of a room.
No. VAQSO’s scents are specially formulated and optimized to work with the device. While the smell of existing perfumes, fragrances etc can be replicated using the device, they will need to be analyzed and custom formulated for use with VAQSO VR.
Basically, you can develop any scents. With Dev KIT, you can choose from: Environmental system – Ocean, Fire (Gunpowder), Forest (Grass), Tree, Earth; Food / Drinks – Coffee, Milk Caramel, Chocolate, Curry, Fried Chicken; Others – Zombies, Female Fragrance, Mint, Gas, and Bouquet. For the B2B service, we can develop a scent of your choice at USD 3,000 dollars.
You can set up to five types of scent cartridges.
You will be able to experience it at the events. You can find our event information from our email magazine. https://vaqso.com/#SIGN-UP
We are currently offering a developer edition of VAQSO VR and producing scents to companies and individuals creating innovative projects using VAQSO.
If you’re interested in creating or adapting content for use with VAQSO, please send us details about your idea so we can understand how we can potentially collaborate.
DEV KIT is at USD 999 (shipping and tax not included). For scent cartridges, you can choose from 5 types of your favorite fragrance from all 15 types from hot coffee to zombie smell. Although the price for commercial version has not yet been finalized, in general, it continues to develop with the aim of “even a university student can purchase it”.
DEV KIT can be purchased from here https://vaqso.thebase.in/items/15168506.
The commercial version is planned for 2019.
Batteries are not built-in. Dev kit connects to PC with USB.
Dev kit will be wired only, but we plan to support Bluetooth function in the product version for general use.
The device can be attached to HMD easily. It corresponds to general HMD (Oculus Rift, HTC VIVE etc). Scent comes out from a small hole in the device at the timing programmed into the VR content beforehand using the API. You can quickly switch settings such as mute of smell.